Game 114: Cursed


(Photo Credit: Flickr user notladj via Creative Commons license)

Rain? Check. My9 broadcast? Check. Nothing else to see here folks, that’s all you need to know. Here’s the lineup…

Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, DH
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, 3B

A.J. Burnett, SP

Like I said, it’s a My9 broadcast. The game is supposed to start at 7pm ET and the tarp is not on the field, but it’s still kinda sorta drizzling in New York, so we’ll see how the night goes. Enjoy.

Injury News: Alex Rodriguez ran the bases for the first time since his knee surgery today, in addition to the usual work (batting practice, fielding grounders, etc.) … Pedro Feliciano threw 42 pitches off a mound today and is scheduled to throw batting practice on Friday … Damaso Marte threw 32 pitches off a mound … Ramiro Pena is getting back in the swing of things, swinging a bat today for the first time since having his appendectomy … Sergio Mitre is going to see Dr. James Andrew about a pinched nerve in his shoulder, and surgery is likely. That really sucks, I hope everything goes well.

Angels Rotation News: Remember when I said that Hisanori Takahashi was going to start for the Halos on Wednesday? That’s wrong. They’re calling up Double-A right-hander Garrett Richard to make the start, skipping him right over Triple-A. Throwing the kid right into the fire, eh?

Categories : Game Threads


  1. FIPster Doofus says:

    What if it gets rained out? Doubleheader tomorrow?

  2. Urban says:

    I’m going with the reverse My9 Curse tonight. The rain came early and we will have baseball, and AJ pitches a great game tonight.

    One can hope.

  3. jon says:

    Manager: good news kid, youre being promoted

    Garrett: wow thats great when is the bus to AAA?

    Manager: no the majors your plane to NYC leaves tomorrow

    Garrett: wait why NYC who am I facing?

    Manager: the yankees

    Garrett: uhhh shit

    • Chen Ming Wang says:

      **twenty minutes later**

      Garrett: **cough cough, sniffle sniffle** Skip, I think I’ve got the flu…are you sure I should be flying in this condition?

  4. Rain happens with every My9 game ever. Kinda ridiculous. Hopefully we get the Haren that serves up homers like it’s going out of style.

    • Urban says:

      Rain has seemingly been coming too much this season. This late afternoon storms makes me feel like I’m in the tropics, or Florida, or some place like that I don’t want to be.

    • KeithK says:

      Clearly it’s a curse from the baseball gods for chaning the natural order of things. Channel 9 is a Mets station. The Yankees should be on WPIX.

      (I know it’s been like a dozen years now since Ch 11 lost the Yankees. I don’t care.)

  5. Chen Ming Wang says:

    Going to the game tomorrow with a girl I’m trying to “woo”, hopefully the whole “the yankees can’t hit a pitcher they’ve never seen before” doesn’t happen. Let’s win tonight first though…

  6. Rainbow Connection says:

    I remember going back to 2000 (when I moved to NYC)…It seemed every local TV game was rained out or delayed. I’d have all my Friday night binge food ready and…rain.

  7. Jesse says:

    I really hate to be a pessimist, but this has sweep all over it. Burnett will probably blow up in this game, the rookie tomorrow making his big league debut will out pitch Nova, and Tyler Chatwood, who they’ve never seen before, out pitches Big Bart and Big Bart blows up in the middle innings.

    • bonestock94 says:

      This year’s Angels are nothing special

    • Chen Ming Wang says:

      Dude, this team is 22nd in the league in OBP…They aren’t going to sweep us. Are you sure you hate being a pessimist? The only game that’s going to be hard to win is tonight, but hopefully the good AJ shows up.

      • Jesse says:

        Oh god just shut up. i was just trying to put some perspective in it. so what if i’m wrong. i hope i’m wrong for pete’s sake.

  8. Dela G says:

    Watch the Throne Reviews?

    Me? I love this album.

    Anyone else?

    • The Big City of Dreams says:

      Haven’t heard it but a number of my friends said it’s good not great…..could have been better. You’re the 4th person I’ve seen that likes the album. Can’t wait to hear it for myself though.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      I’ve only heard that “Otis” song so far. Not a fan.

    • Esteban says:

      Listened like five times through already. Pretty good but nothing memorable. MBDTF was better.

      • Esteban says:

        But to be fair I’ve only listened with headphones so far. When I hear it with bass im sure it’ll be better.

  9. The Big City of Dreams says:

    Smh can’t stand my9 games

    • forensic says:

      You’d happily take it if you were forced to watch the Angels broadcast like some of us are.

      • The Big City of Dreams says:

        When you put it like that I guess it’s not that bad

      • ManBearPig says:

        Totally! They are obnoxious. Almost as bad as the White Sox guys who make Michael Kay seem like Walter Cronkite.

      • vin says:

        I live in Las Vegas, and MLB has decided that my city is home to 6 teams. SD, LAD, LAA, AZ, SF, and OAK. Blackouts galore.

        The Angels broadcast has consistently been the worst over the years. I’m just glad I don’t have to listen to Hudler anymore.

  10. Pat D says:

    OMG!!! A Double-A pitcher they’ve never seen before?!?!


  11. jon says:

    somewhere manbam is saying what the fuck

  12. Jimmy McNulty says:

    What’s a stronger male name: Hannibal or Murdoch?

  13. Hall and Nokes says:


    Just getting an early start….

  14. Cy Pettitte says:

    can’t wait to see what AJ looks like, beat writers made it sound like his new hair color is….interesting.

  15. jon says:

    Russell Martin’s mustache is no longer the worst Yankees look of the year. A.J. Burnett has gone with totally blonde hair. It’s… a curious decision. Martin literally offered a no comment on the situation, but he did laugh a little when I brought it up.

    oh god i feel a perfect game coming up

    • Chen Ming Wang says:

      Haha I really think that AJ is the least likely pitcher in baseball to pitch a perfect game. He’s to god damn wild.

      • Xstar7 says:

        AJ Burnett threw a no-hitter once………….with nine walks.

        • Chen Ming Wang says:

          I thought it was 8? But he does have unhittable stuff when he’s on, just not perfect game stuff

          OH MY GOD THE HAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jesse says:

      If A.J throws a perfect game I will literally shit myself. And I am dead serious.

  16. Winston Smith says:

    Rothschild has advised the following pitchers to be on high alert because they will be used in tonight’s ballgame- Ayala, Wade, Noesi, Logan. Might need all 4 of those guys just to get it to Soriano in the 7th.

  17. Chen Ming Wang says:

    Paully and Kenny…One of my favorite booths…they make Micheal Kay bearable.

    • Winston Smith says:

      Good to hear Paulie’s voice. They need to dump Kay and make Kenny the voice of the Yankees. Give more games to Paulie, Leiter, and Coney.

      • Chen Ming Wang says:

        He was my favorite player as a kid, so I’m a little biased but your right it is very good to hear Paulie’s voice. Him and Cone every night would be the best booth ever.

        • Mykey says:

          The Warrior was without a doubt my favorite growing up. Wore his heart on his sleeve. Rep rep it.

    • Jesse says:

      It’s better than Kay and Flarhety (sorry if i misspelled his name). Both of them are terrible together.

  18. forensic says:

    California is running a drug-free commercial where a mother walks into and opens the shower while her teenage son is showering to ask if he knows what weed is.

    There’s just something very disturbing about that.

  19. Chip says:

    I love the new hair, he probably felt he had to go change something to get out of the slump

  20. Karl Krawfid says:

    Not gonna fall for this AJ.

    You look amazing the first 2 batters.

    I’m not gonna fall for it man!

  21. CP says:

    Is it just me, or is AJ spending a lot of time adjusting his crotch?

  22. Monteroisdinero says:

    Throw that changeup AJ!

  23. MP says:

    What’s with the scout behind the plate holding the radar gun? Who exactly could he be scouting?

  24. Mykey says:

    I know he’s from Ohio, but there’s something about the way Paulie talks that he just sounds like a country boy. ie: “I think it ran out of rain, it was rainin’ so hard!”

  25. Cy Pettitte says:

    big ass strike zone.

  26. Winston Smith says:

    That’s off the plate. Awful ump, need to adjust.

  27. Rainbow Connection says:

    AJ should be fine as long as they give him a nice lead…oh wait…nevermind.

  28. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking mashed. what a boss.

  29. Xstar7 says:

    The Grandyman!

    That was quick

  30. Ethan says:

    Grandy MAN!

  31. Mike Axisa says:

    That was a meatball. Grandy crushed it.

  32. Winston Smith says:

    He’s really been our best player this season. Some guy in that Cano thread wanted to move him down to 7th! He’s our best player!

  33. Chen Ming Wang says:


  34. Chen Ming Wang says:

    Random question, did anybody here used to post on the 161st-and-river message board? if so what happened to it?

  35. Jesse says:

    AJ Burnett with an ERA of 5.68 in the “shutdown” inning.

  36. Dela G says:

    Love grandy

  37. Xstar7 says:

    This umpire has a huuuuuge strikezone. Good news for AJ.

  38. Jesse says:

    Grandy for MVP?

    • Xstar7 says:

      Unpossible. He doesn’t have enough of teh RBI’s and he doesn’t hit over .300.

      • Jesse says:

        what do you mean he doesn’t have *the RBI’s? He’s tied for second in the AL with 86. He’s tied with Tex and A-Hole has 92. Besides, Agon doesn’t have the homers or stolen bases or runs scored

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      I can see him being in the top five.

    • Rainbow Connection says:

      Grandy or Gardy is fine with me.

    • Chen Ming Wang says:

      He’s probably gonna finish third…in the perfect world it should be


      but since Bautista doesn’t play for a contender and he’s up in Toronto Adrian is gonna win.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

        I’m voting for Josh Hamilton, but only because I choose to ignore players who play in 150 games or more.

  39. Monteroisdinero says:

    big strike zone for both sides tonight. Less walks should help AJ.

  40. Champagne_whores says:

    Will aj give it right back?

  41. Cy Pettitte says:

    Vernon Wells is making $23 million this year. mind = blown.

  42. Carcillo says:

    Huge logic problem with what Kay is saying – one game is so much different than a best-of-7 series.

  43. jon says:

    i missed AJs hair

    anyone have a picture?

    • Chen Ming Wang says:

      just continue watching the game, it’s a humid night so he’ll be sweating and taking the hat off to wipe it away.

  44. Monteroisdinero says:

    Swish covering ground….

  45. Chen Ming Wang says:

    laser beam by izturus there…

  46. Champagne_whores says:

    I hate aj meatball crushed down the line

  47. Xstar7 says:

    AJ escapes that frame unscathed, surprisingly.

  48. Chen Ming Wang says:

    Francona or Sciosca easily…because not only are they smart baseball guys, they usually have good teams to back them up.

  49. Champagne_whores says:

    Wow no girardi in the poll on my9 big diss

  50. Chen Ming Wang says:

    Robbie…I love ya, I really do…but that ball started mid-shin.

  51. I love Eric Chavez. Except for the fact that he’s blocking Jesus.

  52. Xstar7 says:

    The Zombie fears no man.

  53. karel capek says:

    Tino Martinez needs to be in every commercial for every product. A phenomenal actor and salesman. An officer and a gentleman.

    Singleton and O’Neil are good. But Paul lacks Cone’s good* looks.

    *Buster Keaton

  54. Champagne_whores says:

    Yea a productive DH.

  55. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Regarding Ryan’s point, baseball’s a bit different than football. The Yankees and Red Sox play about a tenth of their season’s games against each other. Maybe it’s that the Red Sox match up really well against the Yankees’ staff this year, they’ve made some new additions and Jacoby Ellsbury may as well be a brand new player. While it’s definitely possible to have a bad record against a team during the season and get beaten by them in the playoffs, there’s an 18 game sample size (which isn’t negligible) and the Red Sox have seen the Yankees’ best and the Yankees have seen the Red Sox’s best.

    A lot of people point to the 2007 season where the Yankees were 6-0 against the Indians, but got beaten in the playoffs. Big difference, the Yankees have already played the Red Sox twice as much as they played the Indians in 2007, and IIRC in 2007 the Yankees didn’t get Carmona and Sabathia in the regular season, and when they played the Tribe the Indians were a bit banged up. There’s different circumstances surrounding the two seasons. I think Boston’s the better team on paper now, and I don’t really think it’s all that arguable. If you look at bRS and bRA, the Sox have the better run differential.

    It’s not a reason to panic or cancel the ALCS, but there definitely is some cause for concern there. You can’t just get dominated by a team over the course of 18 games (assuming this trend continues) of the regular season and then face them in a 7 game series in the playoffs and go in expecting to win, or not at all concerned about losing.

    • Carcillo says:

      So, basically, it’s apples to oranges.

      I’m actually that point got articulated beyond my shallow labeling of it.

    • Carcillo says:

      I will re-iterate something I mentioned on Saturday – this Red Sox team is better than their previous two teams, though I don’t think it’s all that huge a difference, compared to what the perception may be.

      In ’09, they went 95-67. In ’10, they went 89-73 and that was after being blitzed by injuries.

      This year’s team will win anywhere between 95-100 games, I would imagine.

      The ’11 Yankees are marginally worse than they were in ’09, and probably equal, if not slightly better, than they were in ’10. They too will win probably between 94-98 games.

      I just don’t understand how the matchup between the two has gotten so much worse, at least right now. This isn’t 2009, where the Yankees lost tons of close games and got bent over with bad luck. The Red Sox run diff. is something like +29 in the 12 games this year. Many of these games haven’t been close. It took only 12 games for Boston to clinch the season series. It’s definitely concerning, though there’s always still a chance to turn things around in the games remaining to be played.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Yeah, I’d agree with that. Adrian Gonzalez is a big upgrade, Jacoby Ellsbury may as well be a completely different player, and Josh Beckett is going through a renaissance. They lost Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre from 2010 and not a whole whole lot from the 2009 squad, they’re a beastly team. The Yankees can take them, but I’m not sure how likely that is. If the Yankees had a well defined 2 starter I’d say that they’re the better team regardless of the H2H record, but if my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle.

  56. Ethan says:

    Ugh needs different commercials! I am so sick of that damn AT&T and Volvo commercials

  57. Winston Smith says:

    AJ looking good. Any bets on when his implosion will occur?

  58. YankeesJunkie says:

    Nice grab by Tex!

  59. Angelo says:

    Use the reply button people.

  60. Xstar7 says:

    Kay jimp’d after Teixiera’s play.

  61. ManBearPig says:

    What is the explanation for why the Angels keep running Mathis out there? Especially when they have Conger mashing in AAA.

    Soscia’s illegitimate son?

  62. Mykey says:

    Good AJ?

  63. YankeesJunkie says:

    AJ doing what he is supposed to do against a weaker offense.

  64. Chen Meng Wang says:

    I just actually made an account…Interesting set up.

  65. Jesse says:

    I wonder where Matt is? LOL

  66. Monteroisdinero says:

    Nice snap throw Mathis.

  67. forensic says:

    I think this thread is cursed…

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      or broken cause now new things are at the bottom…anyone around who can fix this?

  68. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I think that they’re being too critical of Nunez there.

    You can’t set up the defense assuming that the pitcher can get the ball and get it to third in time to nail the runner. 9/10 they won’t have a play at the lead runner, so I think it makes more sense to have Nunez in in case the bunt goes up the line.

  69. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Isn’t it the SS job to cover third if the third baseman is coming in to field a bunt? (formerly Chen Ming Wang btw, I’m an idiot with a keyboard sometimes.)

  70. IRF says:

    Jeff Mathis is an incredible baseball player

  71. Monteroisdinero says:

    Love Noony on the bases.

  72. Karl Krawfid says:

    The fuck is he doing.

  73. Winston Smith says:

    Bunted ourselves right out of a walk.

  74. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Brett Gardner could hit 20 homers easily if he wanted to. He just prefers bunting fastballs at his eyes


  75. YankeesJunkie says:

    Does Gardner just love to throw his bat into the stands.

  76. Chris says:

    Montero just hit a 2 run bomb! Call him up!

  77. teddy says:

    stupid baseball by the yanks

  78. Monteroisdinero says:

    Nunez to steal 3rd!

  79. TheLastClown says:

    Hey kids, just got in.

    Nice to see AJ hasn’t given up anything!

    If someone would be kind enough to give me the quick & dirty on his performance and that run, it’d be much appreciated.